President Buhari meets with Benue leaders over killings

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with  some leaders from Benue State over the recent killings recorded in the state.

Those present at the meeting scheduled to hold at the Presidential Villa, Abuja include political, traditional and opinion leaders from the state, security chiefs are also present at the meeting.

A source said, “The urgent meeting is inevitable because of the frequency and scale of such violence and the reactions that have trailed the incidents.

“The Presidency has been embarrassed by the large scale loss of lives caused by such repeated violence against innocent people.”

He also gave an indication that the state governor might be asked at the meeting to explain his alleged role in arming some militias in the state.

“Discussions at the meeting will address the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, which is at issue but may go beyond their menace to include the issue of the arming, training and financing of militia groups by some state governments,” he said.

The government official recalled the recent arrest of some armed militia members by the army and their confession of being armed by the Benue State Government.

This, he explained, had added a new twist to the Benue saga.

“It should not surprise anyone if the Presidency seeks an explanation about this from the governor with a view to getting to the root of the state’s security challenges,” he added.

 

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